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They’re lovely. Simply don’t attempt to sneak something previous them.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority president/CEO Jack Potter on Sept. 21 praised an initiative that has seen U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and U.S. Division of Agriculture ship skilled beagles to Washington Dulles Worldwide Airport, a part of an effort to detect agricultural and foodstuff contraband coming into the U.S. on flights from abroad.

“We’re proud and grateful to have them as a part of our airport neighborhood,” Potter mentioned on the airports authority’s month-to-month assembly.

The beagles obtain 13 weeks of coaching earlier than being dispatched to airports throughout the nation. They work till about age 9-10, when they’re adopted out, usually to personnel who had labored with them by way of the years. Potter mentioned there’s a bonus to having beagles doing the job – as opposed, say, to German shepherds.

“Most passengers appear comfortable to see a cute little beagle,” he mentioned, however famous that the canines are relentless of their quest to search out objects that shouldn’t be introduced into the nation.

“That’s a terrific story,” authority chairman William Sudow mentioned.

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